In today’s world, people in our churches and in society at large are hurting. As people go outside their own families for help, 40% of Americans turn to a local clergy person first. Therefore, leaders in ministry need to be thoroughly equipped for the work of the counseling ministry. Since counseling should not be the primary ministry of pastors, it is imperative that what they do in counseling is done with efficiency and effectiveness.
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus, Course Schedule, Guidelines & Expectations, and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
After subscribing to the Discussion: Question & Answer Center (QAC), the student will take a one-question quiz to confirm completion of this activity.
You will review the Read: A Case Study on Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness under the Learn section. You will choose a care-seeker from Watch: Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness under the Learn section. After completing these tasks, you will take a short quiz to confirm task completion.
In Discussion: Audio/Video Narrated Class Introduction, you are required to build a clear, informative, and appealing video introduction in response to the prompts found in the Assignment Instructions.
Discussion: Get the Present Story, Discussion: Develop the Preferred Story/Solution, Discussion: Clarify and Execute the Action Plan, Discussion: Connect Care-seeker to Community provide an opportunity to integrate insights and skills gleaned from the assigned readings, assessments, lectures, web resources, and the Scriptures as the student narrates movement of a predetermined care-seeker through a solution-based, short-term pastoral counseling scenario.
Due to the nature of these connected, collaborative, cumulative research-based forums, the discussions will have a “paper or presentation-like feel” (i.e. more is expected than in a typical discussion). Required texts, assessments, and lectures-to-date are to be noticeably and consistently used to ground assertions. In this respect, the student must synthesize pertinent material and write a substantive research-based thread and reply in response to prompts in each forum.
Pertinent insights from all readings-to-date should be synthesized weekly and moved forward into subsequent learning activities. Each thread must be at least 500 words and noticeably integrate at least 1 pertinent insight from each required resource~readings-to-date (see Course Schedule). In the assigned module, the student writes 1 substantive research-based reply. Each reply must noticeably integrate at least 1 pertinent insight from course related knowledge and be at least 150 words.
The seventh and final Discussion (Discussion: So What?! and What's Next?!) requires a 400 word initial post and 150 words for the reply.
All posts must be written with clarity and conciseness, without spelling, grammar, word choice errors, and adhere to meaning-making forum guidelines and rubric expectations. School of Behavioral Sciences students follow current APA standards and School of Divinity students – current Turabian Form.
Subject Matter Conversation are meaningfully developed via scheduled Microsoft TEAMS meetings. For example, as part of this course’s connected, collaborative, cumulative learning process, its Module 1 required Subject Matter Conversation 1 will focus on getting acquainted and acclimated. Professors will notify the class of date and time in Week 0.
In the event a Subject Matter Conversation is missed due to extenuating circumstances or technical issues, the Subject Matter Conversation will be assessed through a substantive response to a recorded Subject Matter Conversation through the assignment’s submission link. Ear buds and casual, modest dress should be worn during this virtual classroom meeting. (CLO: A)
Practical Book Review Assignment
The student will write 1 Practical Book Review on the Petersen text. This assignment creates awareness of language and interpersonal skills that foster efficiency and effectiveness in people-helping moments. The body of the paper must be typed, double-spaced, and at least 4 pages. The paper must be written with clarity and conciseness, without spelling, grammar, word choice errors, and adhere to assignment instructions and rubric expectations. School of Behavioral Sciences students follow current APA standards and School of Divinity students – current Turabian Form. (CLO: C)
Solving My People Puzzle Assignment
The assignment strategically fosters description, development, and management of the student’s relational style as well as an overall understanding of style alignment. The body of the paper must be at least 5 pages and include at least 1 reference from each of this assignment’s required readings, assessments, and websites. The paper must be written with clarity and conciseness, without spelling, grammar, word choice errors, and adhere to assignment instructions and rubric expectations. School of Behavioral Sciences students follow current APA standards and School of Divinity students – current Turabian Form. (CLO: A, B, C)